“On earth as it is in Heaven”(illustrations by-Akiane Kramarik)

painting of jesus

The format is preprogrammed, planned, assembled,

A finished product before presentation

And I listened…listened well

But there was so much that remained to be said

The enormous view-screen in the background 

plastered imax sized images to correspond to the music and the message

We all sung together…

But there was something missing?

I was caught up in the euphoria the feigned transcendence

The illumination of overhead fluorescence

The suggested essence

Found only the conspicuous absence of presence

The pastor is a stranger to me

He has given me books he’s written

In beautiful pictures, intimate glimpses of his home life and family

I tried to get close to this experience

Made some purchases at the table

The one outside before entering inside

But when I got home those things had lacked the luster of the moment

i placed the Pastor’s book beside my bible

and it seemed perverse after i had done so.

i felt shame and repented

Jesus said:

“if you are ashamed of me then I will be ashamed of you”

And if there is no longer condemnation in Christ

how could i be convicted of conscience in the spirit

unless something were amiss?

i am not ashamed to confess Christ as my Saviour and Redeemer.

This was a church named “freedom”

that i had attended

Therein I panted desperately to be refreshed

I left…

Thirstier…

Than when I had first arrived

i have heard and have been told numerous times over the years

“church is what you make it”

i respectfully decline any role in such a construct of man

Jesus i choose to follow you.

church is not

“what we make it”

can we make anything good?

this is a lie.

Luke 18:19

19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

church is not ours to “make” or “unmake”

Church is…

something:

“we are”

or

“are not”

Regardless of where we might find ourselves at any “given” moment.

heaven 1

 

One fly…is not a plague

neither is one frog

just as one grasshopper is not a plague.

But in a swarm,

the seemingly benign and non-threatening

by actions change to “plague”

Anthony Gomez, Moncks Corner S.C.

 

Innocent Query? (entrapment)

submerged

A question is “posed”

And it seems innocent enough on the surface

And anything on the surface is light enough to float

But tethered beneath the surface are waterlogged intentions

And they are connected one with the other as a whole

Mimickry of an “iceberg” effect

But more deadly for an iceberg can be seen from afar

Not yet sunk to the bottom

But somewhere floundering in a limbo midway between top and bottom

An unseen maritime hazard waiting for another impact from the hull of a ship

a siren’s call sweet and tender to lonesome, weary, unwary, sojourners

I am reminded of when Jesus was once “posed” a question by the Pharisees

And Jesus responded with a question of His own.

Saying: first answer me this, then I will answer you.

And now I ask…

What is it that you seek?

When all has already been given to you, for you?

And now another question…

Why did the Gadarene seeing Jesus from afar,

Run to Jesus…

Instead of away from?

Answer my question within yourself

And I will answer yours.

Oh…

Nevermind, the answer was given,

In the question itself.

If you cannot see,

What is right before your nose,

Why do you seek what is afar?

One more question…

Was Jesus a “mute king”

as he stood before Herod

answer: No.

Hidden from view was…

The seething fire yet to come,well restrained behind his humble obedient eyes

HIS SILENCE SPOKE INCOMPREHENSIBLE, UNFATHOMABLE, DIVINE, VOLUMES!

Such will not be so…

When next HE speaks.

Satan has a special pinball machine in hell,

reserved for walking bibles,

trapped therein,

aimlessly bouncing back and forth between bumpers

too puffed up (leavened) to fall between the narrow way of the flippers 

John 19:10,11

“(10) Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? (11) Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”

Why did Jesus fold His burial cloth after His resurrection?

Anthony Gomez

 

 

 

What is Church?

justhappeneduponthis:

Sometimes ya’ gotta’ get outta’ church…to find church, Amen!

Jesus said: “follow me

Anthony G.

Originally posted on Done with Religion:

My wife and I have for years ‘gone to church’ Sunday after Sunday. We sat in a pre-planned service, being entertained, listening to one person tell us what God was saying, and looking at the back of the head of the person sitting quietly in front of us.

Each week we sat there, not having the opportunity to say what was on our minds, no chance to talk and get to know our brothers and sisters sitting all around us. We were told we were having good fellowship and teaching, learning more about God each week.

Truthfully, we were getting so tired of this religious social club environment. We were not getting anything out of this experience, and we certainly were not putting anything into it…..other than our money when the offering basket went past. We have become tired of the religious enterprise with its pre-planned services, the CEO and…

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